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Echo
Echo | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Echo van Thomas Olde Heuvelt, auteur van het wereldwijd succesvolle HEX, is een huiveringwekkende thriller over obsessie, bezetenheid en de onverwoestbare kracht van de natuur. Nick Grevers en zijn klimmaatje Augustin worden aangetrokken door de Maudit, een afgelegen berg in de Zwitserse Alpen. Documentatie over de berg is schaars, het is er ongewoon stil, en als ze de vallei betreden bekruipt hen het onheilspellende gevoel dat ze niet alleen zijn. Niet veel later is Augustin dood en ontwaakt Nick uit een coma. Hij is verminkt en heeft zijn gezicht in het verband. Een moeizame revalidatie wacht, maar algauw beseft Nick dat het niet alleen het trauma van het ongeluk is dat hem achtervolgt. Er is iets in hem gewekt... Thomas Olde Heuvelt overtreft zichzelf met Echo. Een verpletterend boek waar je vanaf de gruwelijk spannende openingsscne diep in verdwijnt.
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Emilymdxn
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Echo doesn‘t have a great Litsy rating but I loved it! I think it was a rare horror book that had a rewarding pay off as well as an intriguing set up. I also felt like it had a complex and interesting plot that hung together as more than a series of scary scenes - I‘d have cared about these people and what happened to them if it weren‘t horror too. If you‘re looking for supernatural horror for #scarathlon2022 you could do a lot worse!

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Emilymdxn
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Coach ride from Riga to Tallinn today. Very jealous of my bf being one of the lucky few who can read in cars. I‘m listening to the tagged book and doing a bit of light #scarathlon2022 admin on my phone while listening to the tagged book which I HEARTILY recommend for Scarathlon. It‘s supernatural horror but chilling rather than gory so far. So atmospheric and wintry, with possession and creepy birds and a demonic mountain.

BarbaraBB Baltic states are on my bucket list. Enjoy! 2w
PageShifter Wow, you are soon almost a stone's throw away from here :D 2w
sarahbellum I visited Tallinn a few years ago and had a great day there. Enjoy! 2w
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Eggbeater
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Mehso-so

The book had potential and the translator did a good job with the writing style, but the story didn't always hold my attention and I felt that the book was too long.

#20in4 3rd book read @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done, 3 books is excellent! 👏👏👏🥳 2mo
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ImperfectCJ
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Mehso-so

I spotted this book in Malaprop's in Asheville, but since I already had two hardcovers in my luggage, I checked out the eBook instead of buying it. Right move. This novel is a hodgepodge of images held loosely together by a tenuous thread. The narrative rules shift, which doesn't work for me, nor does the number of times a character says, "Now it was clear what had to be done," when it isn't remotely clear and isn't followed up with action.

ImperfectCJ And don't get me started on the slang. Cuz, hadda, gotta...is this how Europeans think Americans talk? Or is it just Heuvelt and his translator? 2mo
Sparklemn Love your mug! 2mo
ImperfectCJ @Sparklemn Thanks! I got it from Obvious State along with a Jane Austen one for my sister-in-law, but last time I checked, they'd stopped carrying mugs :( 2mo
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Marmie7
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Conservio
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reading one of my favorite genres, ancient/landscape horror.

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MrsReads1
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Panpan

My god, this was a slog. After loving Hex so much I had very high hopes but this just wasn't creepy, it wasn't atmospheric, it was just *work.* The opening had me but by the halfway point I found myself hoping for a quick and painless ending. At 416 pages, it wasn't even quick. 😭 2/5 stars.

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julesG
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Bailedbailed

DNF @46%

It was recommended to me after I had complained that there are no creepy books out there. A friend said this was creepy as hell from the start.

Nope, wasn't creepy at all. It was all over the place and a slog.

julesG @Oldschool_millenial It was good, especially the audiobook. Nail biter or creepy? Not for me. And I know that this is a me-problem. 5mo
Oryx Oh what a shame. I really liked his other book Hex so I probably would have tried this one. I'll take it off my list! 5mo
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sprainedbrain
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I think I loved this more than Hex, despite it seeming VERY long*.

I absolutely loved the main characters, Sam and Nick. The book alternates narration by the two of them which I thought kept it moving nicely. A lot of folklore and legend, some humor, a lot of mountain climbing, some serious creepiness (that first chapter was terrifying!).

Really excellent writing, great translation (from Dutch), and the audio narration is fantastic.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

sprainedbrain * Honestly, I thought I must be near the end on at least 3 occasions, looked down and I had hours to go. I‘m not mad that it didn‘t end in those spots though! 7mo
vivastory More than Hex? Color me intrigued...I bought this recently...looks like I'll be moving it up my TBR 7mo
sprainedbrain @vivastory I think so! And I loved Hex. 7mo
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sprainedbrain
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#tarottakeover Day 2:

Two of cups reversed is usually all about disharmony and problems in relationships, specifically of the romantic variety.

I‘m listening to the tagged book, and Sam is having serious relationship issues with his beloved boyfriend Nick, mainly because Nick went mountain climbing and came back possessed by the freaking mountain. I love them so much but I‘m close to the end and it‘s not looking good for this relationship.😬

ErinSueMreads Possessed...by...the...what....omg I'm so intrigued. 7mo
sprainedbrain @ErinSueMreads Yeah, it‘s 🦇💩 but in the best possible way. 😂 7mo
ErinSueMreads 👏here👏for👏it👏 7mo
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Chili
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I love book mail!!! Makes the day so much better!!!

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DeeLew
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Sitting in my car on my lunch break. It is 80° in Kansas City. I had to get outside!

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TorieStorieS
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This unsettling #audiobook centers around Mont Maudit in the Swiss Alps. Lifelong climber, Nick goes with pal Augustin, but returns gravely injured and alone. What happened up there? And did Nick bring something back that causes the mysterious deaths that surround him. Boyfriend Sam struggles against his own past as he strives to solve the mysteries. If birds creep you out, give this one a pass! Well-performed & great for winter!
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rockpools I had to do a double-take at your picture there. That‘s come out fab!! 7mo
TorieStorieS @rockpools Thank you so much! I had fun coloring it! 🥰 7mo
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ReadingOver50
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The book starts off great. A young woman is being attacked by spirits in an isolated house in the middle of a snow storm. We don't know anything about her, other than she is in peril. This is what I would call "slow burn" horror. I had a sense of dread that slowly built up. The last section is when things start happening more rapidly. I thought the last 15% of the book was pretty exciting. I enjoyed this book.

Twainy Yes. Slow burn. That first chapter made me need to know what was going on! 8mo
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Twainy
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🎧 The beginning of this book creeped me out! I loved it!!

Sam & Nick are a couple. Nick writes for a travel magazine & loves to climb mountains. Sam is afraid of heights.

Nick climbs a little documented peak in the Swiss alps with Augustine.

Nick wakes up, face disfigured in a fall, claiming amnesia, unable to talk, Augustine is missing & presumed dead. Strange & creepy things begin happening.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 👇🏻👇🏻

Twainy The story takes you back and forth throughout time to solve the mystery! It‘s a slow moving creepy book with interesting characters. The relationship between Nick & Sam felt very believable.

I had to stop the playback a few times and listen again to parts as I thought I missed something. It all came crashing together in the end, maybe a bit chaotically and quick but it didn‘t leave me hanging. I have a renewed dislike for black birds.

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Twainy I loved the way the chapters began with a quote from a classic creepy horror book.

The cover is spot on. The narration was fantastic.

This one will sit with me & I‘ll reread it.
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AmandaBlaze This made me borrow his Hex while I wait for Echo to come in. 8mo
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Twainy @AmandaBlaze he writes a creepy book. 😁 8mo
Reggie I just bought this yesterday and will come back to read your wonderful review when I read it. 8mo
Bklover This sounds awesome!!! 8mo
Twainy @Bklover I enjoyed it & it made me think. 😁 8mo
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ErraticElle
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Slow & creepy horror with a highly imaginative plot & some incredible atmospheric work. Those who have issues with body horror should steer clear. A dark, mysterious mountain, a tragic accident, & some paranormal vibes including some damn creepy birds. Some issues with verb tense agreement, but otherwise highly talented writing. Edgy & dark plot told in a dizzying multi-POV epistolary format. Cold, sinister, & disconcerting vibes on point.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Olde Heuvelt combines elements from ancient legends, village superstitions, weather phenomena, and mountain climbing techniques. Plus, he injects fear and dissonance at every level. Told in voices of two characters (one who has diarrhea of the mouth). It‘s hard to truly creep me out, but this did. OTOH, some parts were 💤. The translation is top-notch too.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022
#pantone2022 #snowwhite

Clwojick Great match!! 💖❤️ 8mo
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DGRachel
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Oh so disappointed. While the last chapter of Hex still haunts me, it‘s the first chapter of Echo that will stay with me. It‘s all downhill from there. I will grant you that I was scared through most of it, even the slog of the middle, but the ending was meh and tying in Sam‘s secondary storyline felt like an unnecessary stretch. The constant fear factor is the only reason I‘m not panning this, but I can‘t recommend it. 😕

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DGRachel
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Ho. Ly. Sh*t. If the rest of the book is as scary as the first chapter, it‘s going to give me nightmares. 🙀🙀

vivastory You have my attention! 8mo
DGRachel @vivastory I don‘t know how the rest of the book will go, but that prologue? Have you seen the Don‘t Blink episode of Doctor Who? Yeah…it‘s basically that. I read it in the doctor‘s office and I almost screamed when he knocked on the door of the exam room. 8mo
ReadingOver50 @DGRachel love the Dr Who reference. The pace slows after that, but the ending is great. 8mo
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DGRachel @ReadingOver50 Good to know, thanks! 8mo
LibrarianRyan I love this cover. Better than the original. Unless I am getting the authors books backwards. 8mo
DGRachel @LibrarianRyan I think you might be. This is the book that comes out next week. The original US cover for HEX wasn‘t bad, but they‘ve redone it so it is similar to this one, and I agree that this style is better. 8mo
LibrarianRyan @DGRachel I just got a galley audio that I will be listening to soon. And I agree I like the new cover of he. Better. 8mo
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Sara_Planz
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Book Mail!

I loved “Hex” so I was excited to get this ARC in the mail today!!!

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BoleyBooks
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚 #boleybooks #Echo #thomasoldeheuvelt #bookbeast #bookjoy #NetGalley
What are you reading? 😊

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